Route 66 Kansas
"There's only 13.2 miles of Route 66 in Kansas, and it is the only state to be completely bypassed. But every mile is worth seeing. There's railroad, mining and labor history, restored gas stations, a beloved character from the movie "Cars", a Rainbow Bridge and a genuine cow town. And a big plus, it's the only 66 state you can drive across and never see the Interstate!"
"Your Kansas Route 66 Visitor Center"
Link to United States and International Route 66 Associations
Kansas Department of Transportation press release - "Kansas Historic Byway Designation"
Even though Route 66’s presence in Kansas is a short 13 miles, it retains much of its Mother Road character as it passes through Baxter Springs, Riverton, and Galena in Cherokee County.
A 1.2 mile section of Route 66 between the Missouri state line and Galena is listed on the National Register as the Kansas Route 66 Historic District – East Galena.
Popular tourist destinations that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Kansas include the Baxter Springs Independent Oil and Gas Service Station and the Williams’ Store in Riverton.
In the early days, as Route 66 entered Kansas and Oklahoma, it dramatically changed. Previously in Illinois and Missouri, Route 66 had seldom gone through the center of town but instead skirted the outside of the towns where budding commercial strips were beginning to emerge. As Route 66 now ran through Kansas and Oklahoma, it truly became the Main Street of America, following Main Streets through most cities and towns all the way to California.
Get Your Kicks On Route 66 - Kansas Route 66 Attractions
Get your kicks while traveling Route 66 through Kansas
"The Mother Road"
Galena, Riverton, Baxter Springs
Published Travel Documentary by Kieth Stokes - Kansas Travel
Visit (13 miles) Baxter Springs Riverton and Galena.